Due to winter weather, Salem Academy will open at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. See our Winter Storm Update page for details.

Week of December 2, 2018

From the Head of School

“You breathe in gratitude, and you breathe it out, too. Once you learn how to do that, then you can bear someone who is unbearable.” (Anne Lamott, Help Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers)

Confession: This is not the message that I had planned on sharing this week. My first draft has been shelved for early 2019, and I have a great Jimmy Buffett inspired quotation for the end of the calendar year, but I had nothing for today. I opened up one of my Anne Lamott books and started thumbing through to read the passages that I had either underlined or made notes in the margins. When I came across the sentences above (page 60 for those of you who have this book), I laughed out loud.

Doesn’t this remind you of what your parents told you before Christmas? How you need to be good and nice or Santa won’t come?

Does this happen: You are in the airport waiting area/restaurant/movie theater, and you scan the other passengers and figure out the person you hope does not have a seat next to you?  And even though you have no valid reason for this, but you still feel that way?

But here’s the kicker -

There is a school of thought that the things that drive us nuts about someone else are probably the same traits that we possess and dislike about ourselves. Wait - there are actually people who think I am unbearable? Well, there have been a couple times…

In all seriousness, the message that I take need to take from this is the one of gratitude - that I can breathe, and think, and talk, and listen; that I have been presented with challenges but I also have been given many gifts; that I am part of a caring community who will not only tolerate the unbearable but will strive to make it (or me) better.

Anne Lamott has a new book out - Almost Everything: Notes on Hope. I plan on adding it to the “Christmas gifts that I buy for myself” stash that is growing a bit too fast. I knew that I would buy it simply because it is an Anne Lamott book, but when the Amazon review revealed that she quotes Wendell Berry, the deal was sealed.

I am already breathing in my gratitude.

Far may our song ring clear!

Carol Killebrew

Financial Aid

It’s time for families who will return to Salem Academy next year, 2019-2020 (parents of seniors, you’re off the hook!), to complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS). Please note this is a REQUIRED DOCUMENT to continue to receive aid from Salem Academy, and the priority deadline is December 31st. You can fill out the PFS here.


Schedule For Last Day of Class, December 12

Semester Exam Schedule

Fall semester exams begin on Thursday, December 13.  Each day students and faculty gather in the auditorium at 12:45pm for announcements, and the exam begins at 1:00.  The exam schedule is available in the Student Handbook and provided below:

Thursday, December 13: English

Friday, December 14: History

Saturday, December 15: World Language

Monday, December 17: Science

Tuesday, December 18: Math

Download the detailed hour-by-hour schedule for print


College Counseling Corner


This is an article on the lighter side that may help give you some gift ideas for your daughters going off to college soon. Happy Holidays!!

Summer Enrichment Opportunity

University of Southern California - USC Summer Programs for High School Students


Sisters of the Motherboard Update

Our relationship with Mounts Robotics is proving fruitful! This past Tuesday both teams received expert advice from other teams to problem-shoot issues. Here’s a video of Team A’s lifting mechanism. Team B is pictured on the left and got advice on their linear slide.

Sisters of the Motherboard - robot construction and critque

Team A (left) worked on SketchUp (our CAD - Computer-Aided Design - program). This is an important piece to document the progress of the robot over the season and help our engineering notebook win awards at competition. Team B (right) all came together to discuss how to combine the mechanism to pick up the game pieces with the slide to drop them in the designated area. There are a lot of moving pieces (literally) to figure out in order to bring all the ideas for a robot into one finished piece.

Sisters of the Motherboard students at work with CAD and more

Stay tuned as we vote on our team names!

DADs Breakfast Meeting - Monday Dec. 3

DADS Breakfast Meeting - all are welcome

Academy Dining Hall

Salem Academy’s “Discussions Around Daughters” (DADs) is a group just for fathers and male guardians.  We host ongoing informal discussions about issues impacting our daughters and find ways to support all the girls throughout the year. Approximately every month a group of Academy dads will get together to compare notes and discuss the varying issues that come about when raising teenage daughters. It’s always an informal conversation, and all fathers of Salem Academy students are welcome to attend! For fathers who are unable to participate, notes from these conversations will be made available.

We also work to build community among the group and serve the girls different times during the year, most notably during the Pancake Breakfast at exam time!

The DADs pancake breakfast is December 15th at 9:30am

Upcoming Student Activities and Events Newsletter

Upcoming Activities

Jan-Term 2020 - Austria, Germany, and Switzerland

header with highlights from Austria, Germany, and Switzerland

Dear Salem Sisters,

We are thrilled to announce that we will be traveling to Europe during January term of 2020. Learn more about this exciting opportunity for your student at an information session where we’ll discuss:

  • What we’ll see and do
  • Travel logistics
  • Affordable payment options
  • And more

We look forward to seeing you there!

Salem Academy Arts Department

Meeting: Thursday, December 13th at 11:00am
Location: Study Hall Room
Tour Number: 2030893YA
Group Leader: Maria Robinson

P.S. Can’t make the meetings but want more information? Check out our EF trip page 


Driver's Education

  • Drivers Education classes will be held at the Academy during Jan Term January 7-18, 2019.  Classes run from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. and will be held in the study hall room.
  • Students must be North Carolina residents, age 14 years, 6 months on or before Jan. 7 to be eligible to enroll.  This is NC law-there are no exceptions.  (DOB on or before July 7, 2004)
  • Students must attend all 10 classes, 30 hours of classroom instruction, to pass the course.  There are no exceptions. 
  • Students will be taught both the classroom and driving portions of the course for a cost of $350 (classroom only = $150/ in-car only = $200.)  This may be paid in cash or by check to Forsyth Driving School, and must be paid on the first day of class.  (This price reflects a $100 discount.)
  • Payment may be made in full on the first day of classes or $150 may be paid the first day of classroom instruction, and $200 on the first day of in-car driving
  • If your daughter is eligible, please have her come by the Head of School’s office and pick up NC State form SBTS-800.  This form must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian, and returned to Kathy Barnes in the Head of School’s office by Dec. 10.
  • If your daughter is eligible but unable to take classes during Jan Term due to a conflict with the Jan Term trip, Forsyth Driving School does offer classes at their school in Clemmons.  An afternoon/evening Christmas break class is being offered.   More information is available on their website: www.forsythdrivingschool.com  If you attend the class at the Forsyth Driving School Clemmons location, remember to tell them you attend Salem Academy and you will receive the same $100 discount!

Alumnae Travel to France

Salem Alumnae Tour to FranceJoin us for eleven unforgettable days exploring the legendary countryside of France, including the opportunity to experience the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy. From quaint seaside towns to stunning royal estates to the rolling vine-covered hills of Bordeaux, this journey encompasses the history, culture, and cuisine that has enshrined France’s legacy worldwide.


Holiday Blood Drive Dec. 16

There will be a Holiday Blood Drive on Sunday, December 16th sponsored by Mrs. Malatlian and her son, Tristan.  It will be held at Harvest Bible Chapel (610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem 27106) from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Students who are at least 16 years old can choose to donate a pint of blood and save up to three lives!  Students under the age of 18 must have the Parental Consent form signed and completed in order to participate. See this link for more information about student donors.  

Transportation will be provided for boarders wishing to donate.  Families, you are also welcome to drop by and give blood as a “walk-in.” You may also schedule an appointment online here or call 1-800-RED-CROSS. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Malatlian with any questions or concerns.

Athletics - This Week's Events

Athletics - Last Week's Results

Win, 32-12 (Home)

Salem’s entire team showed up ready to play after Thanksgiving break!  On November 28th, the Sabers played American Hebrew Academy and earned their first win of the season. Maggie Dees played exceptionally well, making 7 out of 8 shots and scoring 14 points. Salem came out of the gate ready to go. They played pressure defense, creating steals and causing turnovers, and while on offense, they moved the ball well and made their shots count. Sara Kent Trollinger ended with six points, Tochi Okoli and Angelina Pierre each scored four points, and Lucy Calaway and Mary Brannen Connolley both scored two points. Salem limited their turnovers and every girl on the roster played and made meaningful contributions.

Finished, 3rd (Home)

Salem Academy had a great meet on Thursday.  The team came in 3rd place.  Many of the girls had personal best swims. 

Starting off with the 200 Medley Relay, Abigail Wucherer shaved .50 seconds off her lead off 50 freestyle.  Emma Grimstead shaved 5.46 seconds off of her 200 IM. 

The 50 Frees were loaded with the following improvements:  Caitlin Kinnamon -.74, Jenae Edwards -.31, Alexandra Cao -4.04, Helen Watson -2.48, Lizzie-O Blackburn -9.24.  Way to go ladies!

The scary 100 Fly was swum by Kelly Nesser -2.42 and Grace Gould -2.01, who is creeping closer to a state cut. 

In the 100 Free, Abigail Wucherer improved by -.04, Lizzie-O Blackburn by a whopping 39.68, Alexandra Cao by another whopping 21.95 and Jane Hsieh by .06. 

Kate Dossel swam the 500 Free for the Sabers and shaved 2.11 seconds. 

In the lead off leg of the 200 Free Relay, Caitlin Kinnamon improved her 50 free by -0.56.

Helen Watson shaved 10.74 seconds off the 100 back and Caitlin Kinnamon shaved 2.55 seconds off of the 100 Breast and made a state cut.  Congrats Cait! 

Come on out and join the Sabers at their next meet at home on Tuesday, December 4 at 4:30 pm.  Go Salem!

Win, 24-23 (Away)

Playing in a hostile environment, the Sabers were able to outlast the Turtles on Friday afternoon to take home the win by a score of 24-23. The game was a back and forth battle between the two sides. At the end, Salem was able to do enough to pull out a victory in the final minutes with some very timely plays. Specifically, an inbound shot by Mary Brannen Connolley, a three pointer by Sara Kent Trollinger, and a missed free throw rebound and put back by Carry Liu that was good for two points. In her most significant minutes of the season, Carry was able to handle the defensive pressure and move the ball quickly, resulting in both points and assists. Sara Kent played a physical and smart game that allowed Salem to control the final few minutes and secure the victory. Maggie Dees led all scoring with eight points, Mary Brannen and Carry each scored four points, and Sara Kent, Angelina Pierre, and Tochi Okoli added points for the Sabers.

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